Pastor and Preaching Resources: A Comprehensive List

Pastor and Preaching Resources

If you’re a pastor, you know the value of good solid resources. Below you’ll find my list of pastor and preaching resources. This is a live list, and will be updated as I find more and add them here. This list consists of what I believe are books and materials to help you as you prepare sermons and grow your ministry.

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Pastor and Preaching Resources

Bibles

The primary resource and anchor for a pastor is the Bible. There is no other tool more important. I enjoy a good study Bible. It’s like having a mini-commentary on the same page as the Bible. I also like to read from different Bible versions to get a good, solid understanding of the text. My eyesight is not as sharp as it once was, so I prefer large print.

Holman Study Bible: NKJV Large Print Edition, Saddle Brown LeatherTouch Indexed

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The Holman Study Bible: NKJV Large Print Edition is identical to Holman Study Bible: NKJV Editon and is modeled after Holman’s own 2011 ECPA Christian Book Award-winning HCSB Study Bible. Every well-conceived study help is practically placed on the same page spread as the related biblical text. It also features 15,000 study notes, 141 photos, 62 timelines, 59 maps, 40-page concordance, 20 articles and essays on practical and theological issues, 16 illustrations and reconstructions, and 15 charts. Other details of the Holman Study Bible: NKJV Large Print Edition include a two-column text setting, center-column cross references, the words of Christ in red type, extensive book introductions, one- and three-year Bible reading plans, a notes section, four-color presentation page and family records section, and two-piece die cut gift box. All study features throughout the Holman Study Bible: NKJV Large Print Edition are designed to put the emphasis where it must be -- on making the Scriptures, God’s written Word, clear and understandable.
 
 As Baby Boomers enter their 60s and 70s, they are looking for large print editions of both books and Bibles .And large print is not longer just for seniors. After spending all day in front of
a computer, younger adults are gravitating to larger print editions, finding them helpful as they read while on an exercise bike or treadmill
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Winner of the ECPA Book of the Year Award

The ESV Study Bible was designed to help you understand the Bible in a deeper way.

The ESV Study Bible, Large Print edition features the content of the award-winning ESV Study Bible with a highly readable, large-print type. Extensive study notes, charts, maps, and articles make this study Bible a valuable resource for serious readers, students, and teachers of God's Word.

  • 20,000+ study notes
  • 80,000+ cross-references
  • 200+ charts
  • 50+ articles
  • 240 full-color maps and illustrations
  • Size: 6.5" x 9.25"
  • 3,008 pages
  • Double-column Bible text (10.75-point type); double-column notes (8.75-point type)
  • Black letter text
  • Smyth-sewn binding
  • Lifetime guarantee
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The KJV Study Bible Large Print Edition is identical to the KJV Study Bible published in 2012. Both editions are modeled after Holman’s own 2011 ECPA Christian Book Award-winning HCSB Study Bible, where every well-conceived study help is practically placed on the same page spread as the related biblical text.

This Bible also features 15,000 study notes, 141 photos, 62 timelines, 59 maps, 40-page concordance, 20 articles and essays, 16 illustrations and reconstructions, 15 charts, and a helpful glossary of 17th century expressions relative to the KJV’s signature phrasing.  Other details of the KJV Study Bible Large Print Edition include a two-column text setting, center-column cross references, the words of Christ in red, one and three-year Bible reading plans, a notes section, four-color presentation page, and two-piece die-cut gift box.
 
As Baby Boomers grow older, they are looking for large print editions of both books and Bibles. In addition, after spending all day in front of a computer, younger adults are gravitating to larger print editions. 
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Today's #1-selling study Bible?The Life Application Study Bible?is now available in multiple large-print bindings. The Life Application Study Bible is updated and expanded with over 300 new Life Application notes, nearly 350 note revisions, 16 new personality profiles, updated charts, and a Christian Worker's Resource.

Features:
  • New Living Translation
  • 11 point type
  • Over 300 new Life Application notes and significant revisions to nearly 350 others
  • 16 new personality profiles
  • Most charts revised to clarify meaning and importance, plus eight all-new charts
  • New information on the intertestamental period
  • Christian Worker's Resource?a special supplement to enhance the reader's ministry effectiveness
  • Red-letter edition
  • Text Size:11.500
  • Trim Size:6.5 x 9.188 in.
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From the moment you pick it up, you’ll know it’s a classic. The MacArthur Study Bible is perfect for serious study. Dr. John MacArthur has collected his pastoral and scholarly work of more than 35 years to create the most comprehensive study Bible available. No other study Bible does such a thorough job of explaining the historical context, unfolding the meaning of the text, and making it practical for your life.

Features include:

  • 125-page concordance, including people and places
  • More than 20,000 study notes, charts, maps, outlines, and articles from Dr. John MacArthur
  • Concise Topical Index
  • Type size: 12 point

Part of the Signature Series line of Thomas Nelson Bibles

MacArthur Study Bibles sold to date: More than 1.8 million

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Note: The print size of the text in the book is 10 point THUMB-INDEXED EDITION The NIV Study Bible is the #1 bestselling study Bible in the world’s most popular modern English Bible translation?the New International Version. This best-loved NIV Study Bible features a stunning four-color interior with full-color photographs, maps, charts, and illustrations. Since its first release in 1985, the Gold Medallion Award-winning NIV Study Bible has become the treasured and trusted companion of over nine million Bible readers. The in-depth notes are coded to highlight notes of special interest in the areas of character study, archaeology, and personal application. Visually arresting section breaks help you find your bearing in the Bible. Full-color photos, maps, and illustrations make this study Bible accessible and friendly. Referred to daily by millions of pastors, students, church leaders, and other Bible readers around the world, the over-20,000 NIV Study Bible notes are the handiwork of the same translation team that produced this Bible’s text. The very best evangelical scholarship that brought you today’s most popular modern English Bible also contributed to the most celebrated and widely used study notes in existence. All of these features, and more, also make it perfect for homeschool use. Like no other Bible, the NIV Study Bible places an entire resource library for Bible study in your hands. Features: • Full text of the world’s most popular modern English Bible?the New International Version (NIV) • Over 20,000 study notes, with icons to make important information easy to spot • Introductions and outlines provide valuable background information for each book of the Bible • In-text maps, charts, diagrams, and illustrations visually clarify the stories in the Bible • 16 pages of full-color maps plus time lines and presentation page • Words of Christ in red • NIV concordance plus subject and study notes indexes
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Basic Bible Study Tools

After the Bible, I find basic Bible study tools are tremendous resources. A good concordance, Bible dictionary, Bible handbook, and a word study book go a long way in preparing a rock-solid message.

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The time-honored concordance now improved with large, readable type.As with the first Strongest Strong’s, this edition is written with unprecedented accuracy and clarity by John Kohlenberger and James Swanson. Longstanding errors from the original have been corrected and omissions filled in. Word studies have been simplified and special care has been taken to maximize the thoroughness and ease of use.Special features include:• Computer-verified accuracy• Strong’s numbering system for word studies in Greek and Hebrew• Goodrick-Kohlenberger numbers in the dictionary indexes that correspond to a growing library of reference tools that use these numbers• The most up-to-date Hebrew and Greek dictionaries• Cross-references to places and names used in Bible translations besides the KJV• Word counts of every word in the Bible• Fast-Tab locators• Clear, easy-to-read type. NOTE: Font size is 8 pt
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Only this concordance provides a complete index of every appearance of every word in the NIV Bible; it’s a must-own for every serious reader of the Scripture. More accurate and comprehensive than online searches and Strong's concordances, and offering complete access to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words from which the Bible was translated, this award-winning resource promises to make your Bible study the very best.

Features include the following: (1) Complete alphabetical listing of every word in the Bible, with book/chapter/verse Bible references, context line, and the G/K number for the word translated by the NIV; (2) Dictionary-indexes that define every Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek word in the Bible, including the possible meaning of every proper name; (3) Frequency counts given for each biblical word, both in the original languages and in English; (4) Special index of articles, conjunctions, particles, prepositions, and pronouns; (5) Unique numbering system developed by Goodrick and Kohlenberger (G/K) that eliminates the inherent gaps, flaws, and inaccuracies of the old Strong's numbering system and refers the user to the Hebrew, Aramaic, and Greek words that are translated by the NIV.

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With more than 340,000 references connected to every verse in the Bible, the ESV Exhaustive Concordance makes an excellent study companion for the English Standard Version of the Bible. The ESV Bible combines word-for-word accuracy with readability, literary excellence, and depth of meaning, and this concordance is an ideal reference tool for quickly locating particular passages or for conducting in-depth word studies.

  • 8.5" x 11"
  • 1,504
  • 6.5-point, Lexicon type
  • Every biblical occurrence of nearly 14,000 different words--a total of more than 340,000 entries
  • Carefully selected verse segments for each entry that help quickly identify Bible passages
  • Complete entries for numerals found in the Bible
  • High-quality Bible paper
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Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Revised and Expanded
 
For 25 years the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary has been the go-to Bible reference resource for lay Bible students, teachers, pastors, academic courses, and libraries. Those who have used it have praised its comprehensiveness, conciseness, and clarity. Over 6,500 articles from Aaron to Zuzite are written to equip the reader for greater competence in understanding and interpreting the Scriptures. Each article is structured to begin with a concise definition followed by a thorough development of the topic. Some 700 full-color photos, maps, reconstructions, and charts enrich the experience of those who use the Dictionary for personal study, academic work, and preparation for teaching and preaching the Bible.

Contemporary Bible readers are separated from the original documents by 2,000 to 3,500 years. Bridging this chasm requires linguistic, literary, geographical, historical, and cultural information that the Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary provides. This third edition of the Dictionary makes available up-to-date archaeological information that illuminates the biblical text.
 
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The Zondervan Illustrated Bible Dictionary provides a visually stimulating journey for anyone interested in learning more about the world of the Bible. Through the articles, sidebars, charts, maps, and full-color images included in this volume, the text of the Old and New Testaments will come alive for you as never before. As a condensation of the Zondervan Pictorial Encyclopedia of the Bible, the information contained within this reference work is solid and biblically sound. The material is based completely on the NIV and cross-referenced to the King James Version, and it contains over 7,200 entries, 500 full-color photographs, charts, and illustrations, 75 full-color maps, and a Scripture index … making this wonderful Bible study resource a must-have whether you’re a general reader of the Bible, a pastor, or a student.

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Unger’s Bible Dictionary has been one of the bestselling Bible dictionaries on the market since its introduction in 1957. Now this time-honored classic is more valuable than ever. 

Updated and expanded by respected Bible authorities including R.K. Harrison, Howard F. Vos, and Cyril J. Barber, The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary is packed with the most current scholarship. More than 67,000 entries are supplemented with detailed essays, colorful photography and maps, and dozens of charts and illustrations to enhance your understanding of God’s Word.

Although this volume is based on the New American Standard, extensive cross-referencing makes it useful with all major Bible translations, including the New International, King James, and New King James versions.

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More than 80 years after its initial publication, Halley’s Bible Handbook remains a bestseller in its various editions, with millions of copies sold worldwide. Now available in this large print edition, this world-renowned Bible handbook has been consistently updated and revised to accurately provide even greater clarity, insight, and usefulness.

Halley’s Bible Handbook makes the Bible’s wisdom and message accessible to people from all walks of life. Whether they’ve read the Bible many times or never before, readers will find insights that give them a firm grasp of God’s Word and an appreciation for the cultural, religious, and geographic settings in which the story of the Bible unfolds. Written for both mind and heart, this completely revised, updated, and expanded 25th edition retains Dr. Halley's highly personal style. It features:

  • All-new maps, photographs, and illustrations
  • Contemporary design
  • Practical Bible reading programs
  • Helpful tips for Bible study
  • Fascinating archaeological information
  • Easy-to-understand sections on how we got the Bible and on church history
  • Improved indexes
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One of the keys to enjoying an in-depth and rewarding experience of reading the Bible is recapturing the ancient world--its cultures, customs, and histories. With this innovative guide, readers can enrich their study with fascinating insights into the Bible and the world in which it was written.

The Baker Illustrated Bible Handbook offers the most up-to-date evangelical biblical scholarship in a format that is readable and easy to understand. This book-by-book guide brings the Bible to life with more than 1,100 full-color pages packed with illustrations, maps, and photos, and 112 in-depth articles on a wide range of topics important to students of the Bible. Readers will discover how each part of the Bible fits into and informs every other part, giving them a cohesive understanding of God's Word.

No reference collection will be complete without this incredible new handbook to the Bible.
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This practical tool brings an understanding of the ancient world together with the timeless message of God's Word to expand Biblical insights for the modern readers. Features include: articles, outlines and commentary from leading evangelical scholars, full-color photos, illustrations, charts and maps, special section on historical background and recent findings in Biblical archaeology, highlighted, theological teaching and ethical message of each Bible book, and study questions for further reflection.
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There are times when a Greek or Hebrew word has a distinct meaning that seriously affects the proper interpretation of Scripture. Unless you are familiar with these languages, you will not be able to determine what word in the original text was used or the differences between these words-until now.

The Hebrew-Greek Key Word Study Bible identifies the key words of the original languages and presents clear, precise explanations of their meaning and usage. Those who love God's Word will treasure this Bible, for it contains a whole library of biblical helps within its covers.

                            

                                NOW INCLUDED

* Wider Margins on Pages of the Bible Text

* Key Words in the Biblical Text Coded to Strong's Numbers

* New Word Studies with AMG's Annotated Strong's Dictionaries

* Red Letter Edition of the English Standard Version of the Bible

 

HARDBOUND

 

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Everyone who studies the Bible wishes at some point that he or she knew the original Hebrew or Greek in order to better understand a difficult word or passage. The"Expository Dictionary of Bible Words" gives readers the fruits of a working knowledge Hebrew and Greek without the years of language study.

The "Expository Dictionary of Bible Words" is more than just a handy and thorough alphabetical guide to the English translation of the Hebrew and Greek words used in both Testaments. There are thousands of articles, all arranged alphabetically by English word and coded to "Strong s "numbering system for ease of use. Each article is divided into two sections Old Testament (Hebrew) Words and New Testament (Greek) Words with an entry for the Hebrew or Greek word along with its transliteration, translation, range of meaning(s), and comments on its use in different biblical contexts. A comprehensive system of cross-references aids the reader in finding different words as well as discussions of related words and themes.

Although reference works like "Vine s" and "Englishman s "have long aided Christians in understanding the nuances of different biblical words, the "Expository Dictionary of Bible Words "surpasses all available reference works. The Additional Notes to articles throughout the volume provide valuable and insightful information on the connections between Old and New Testament words and themes."

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The most affordable complete edition of Vine's famous Old and New Testament dictionaries available, this super value edition of a classic study resource helps those with limited or no background in Hebrew or Greek to study the meaning of biblical words in the original languages. A great resource for students, pastors, and anyone who enjoys biblical word studies. Serves as a dictionary, commentary, and concordance.
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Commentaries

Commentaries are wonderful tools for sermon preparation. I often get new insight or find little nuances by consulting commentaries. Commentaries come in many varieties. There are one volume commentaries for quick access and easy use. They also don’t take up as much space on the bookshelf. Then there are the multi-volume commentary sets, usually containing commentary on only one or two books of the Bible per volume. In many cases, multi-volume commentaries go much deeper into the text, often with in-depth exposition of Greek or Hebrew. A good commentary or commentary set should be the goal of a pastor.

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It is important for Christians to grow in biblical knowledge, however, the word “commentary” can be intimidating. The second edition of Believer’s Bible Commentary,Thomas Nelson’s best-selling commentary, is specifically designed as a user-friendly tool for believers wanting to better understand the Bible but aren’t sure where to begin. The commentary, written by the late William MacDonald, explores all 66 books of the Bible and tackles controversial issues from a theologically-conservative standpoint while also presenting alternate views.  Believer’s Bible Commentary is a great introduction to Bible study, giving clarity and context to scripture in easy-to-understand language and practical application.

 Features:

  • Nelson's best-selling Bible commentary
  • Balanced approach to linguistic studies and useful application
  • Easy to understand
  • 14 pages of 4-color maps
  • Use with any Bible translation
  • Best used with the New King James version of the Bible. 
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The Zondervan Bible Commentary takes its award-winning predecessor, the New International Bible Commentary, and weaves in rich, full-color images and other new features to make it the finest one-volume commentary of its kind. Featuring the insights of forty-three world-class scholars, this convenient, information-packed volume unlocks the meaning and message of every book of the Bible to help you gain a deeper, life-changing understanding of the Scriptures. Features include: • A wealth of full-color photographs, maps, charts, and timelines • Commentaries by foremost scholars help you grasp the meanings of Bible passages and the significance of key biblical words • Sidebars o “Going Deeper” with cultural, historical, and theological information o “Reflection” helping you apply the Scriptures to real life o “Shadows” spotlighting Old Testament foreshadowing of the New Testament o “Echoes”―similar to “Shadows,” revealing New Testament references to the Old Testament o “The Conversation” containing quotes on the text from historic figures such as Luther, Augustine, and Calvin • Uses Today’s New International Version (TNIV) for Bible text references―timeless truth in today’s language • Expanded bibliographies

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The MacArthur Bible Commentary treats every passage of the OT and NT phrase by phrase, with hundreds of word studies as sidebars throughout.

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This set includes the entire collection of the MacArthur New Testament Commentary series: Matthew 1-7, Matthew 8-15, Matthew 16-23, Matthew 24-28Mark 1-8, Mark 9-16Luke 1-5, Luke 6-10, Luke 11-17, Luke 18-24, John 1-11, John 12-21Acts 1-12, Acts 13-28, Romans 1-8, Romans 9-16, 1 Corinthians, 2 Corinthians, Galatians, Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians & Philemon, 1 & 2 Thessalonians, 1 Timothy, 2 Timothy, Titus, Hebrews, James, 1 Peter, 2 Peter & Jude, 1-3 John, Revelation 1-11Revelation 12-22, and the whole-commentary Index.

The MacArthur New Testament Commentary series continues to be one of today's top-selling commentary series. These commentaries from respected Bible scholar and preacher John MacArthur give a verse-by-verse analysis in context and provide points of application for passages, illuminating the biblical text in practical and relevant ways.

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One in a series of twelve New Testament verse-by-verse commentary books edited by Max Anders. Includes discussion starters, teaching plan, and more. Great for lay teachers and pastors alike.
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No other reference series gets to the heart of the Old Testament as efficiently as the Holman Old Testament Commentary (HOTC). When a reader’s time allows, the series offers a detailed interpretation based on the popular New International Version text. When time is short, it delivers an essential understanding of the Old Testament with unsurpassed clarity and convenience.

Now all twenty volumes in the HOTC series are available in one generously discounted set. The twelve volume Holman New Testament Commentary series is also offered at a reduced rate.

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Based on the original twelve-volume set that has become a staple in college and seminary libraries and pastors’ studies worldwide, this revised edition of The Expositor's Bible Commentary series once again gathers the most current evangelical scholarship and resources. Its fifty-six contributors, thirty of whom are new, represent the best in evangelical scholarship committed to the divine inspiration, complete trustworthiness, and full authority of the Bible. This pack includes the 8 volumes covering the Old Testament; 5 volumes covering the New Testament are also available. The thoroughly revised features include:

  • Comprehensive introductions
  • Short and precise bibliographies
  • Detailed outlines
  • Insightful expositions of passages and verses
  • Overviews of sections of Scripture to illuminate the big picture
  • Occasional reflections to give more detail on important issues
  • Notes on textual questions and special problems, placed close to the texts in question
  • Transliterations and translations of Hebrew and Greek words, enabling readers to understand even the more technical notes
  • A balanced and respectful approach toward marked differences of opinion.
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Here’s an accessible reference that aids personal Bible study or Sunday school preparation—the Layman’s Bible Commentary, reference for the everyday Christian, not the scholar! This 12-volume set covers all 66 Bible books—from Genesis to Revelation—providing section-by-section commentary on the flow and theme of each book, as well as historical and literary context for each. Major interpretations are presented for controversial passages and topics. Puzzling passages and Bible practices are explained, and charts and diagrams further aid your understanding. And “Take It Home” segments provide a practical application for each passage.

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A complete reference edition of the 60-volume Thru the Bible commentary series, this five-volume set is an excellent choice if you need a complete Bible commentary in durable hardcover bindings. It includes Dr. McGee's insightful study of each book of the Bible with in-depth, paragraph-by-paragraph discussions of key verses and passages. Purchase the entire five-volume set or collect them individually as your study progresses.
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Prepared by some of the world's leading New Testament scholars, this series provides an exposition of the New Testament books that is thorough and fully abreast of modern scholarship yet faithful to the scriptures as the infallible Word of God.
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Here in two volumes is all the exciting, life-changing truth of the Scriptures wrapped in the warm, personal wisdom of one of America’s best-known Bible teachers, Dr. Warren W. Wiersbe.

Whether you are a pastor, teacher, or layperson, now you can study the Bible in easy-to-read sections that emphasize personal application as well as biblical meaning. Developed from Dr. Wiersbe’s popular “Be” series of Bible study books, this commentary set carefully unpacks all of God’s Word in two accessible volumes.

The Wiersbe Bible Commentaries offers you:

  • Dr. Wiersbe’s trustworthy insights on the entire Old and New Testaments
  • New Biblical images, maps, and charts
  • Introductions and outlines for each book of the Bible
  • Clear, readable text that’s free of academic jargon

Let one of the most beloved and respected Bible teachers of our time guide you verse-by-verse through the Scriptures with The Wiersbe Bible Commentaries. It’s the trusted reference you’ll love to read.

Volume 1: Old Testament: Genesis through Malachi
Volume 2: New Testament: Matthew through Revelation

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All the verse-by-verse insights of the 12-volume Expositor’s Bible Commentary―in 2 convenient volumes. When you want to dig more deeply into the meaning of God’s Word, a good expository Bible commentary is ideal. You want more than a simple, one-volume commentary that just scratches the surface. But you don’t want a time-consuming multi-volume set laden with fine points you can’t use. The Expositor’s Bible Commentary Abridged Edition is tailor-made for you. Based on the critically acclaimed Expositor’s Bible Commentary used by pastors, students, and scholars across the world, this two-volume abridged edition offers you the full, penetrating, verse-by-verse commentary of the 12-volume series while leaving out needless technical details. Marshalling the knowledge of fifty-two top biblical scholars, it brings tremendous insight to your Bible studies. Covering the Old and New Testaments in separate volumes, this commentary features: • Verse-by-verse exposition of the entire Bible • 250 in-text charts, maps, tables, and pictures • Goodrick/Kohlenberger numbers for cross-referencing the Zondervan NIV Exhaustive Concordance and other G/K-numbered resources

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Theology

Our theology has to be firm when we stand before God’s people preaching God’s Word. In my opinion, every pastor should be a student of theology. The world, including many Christians (even pastors), have no idea what they believe or what they should believe. These theology books dive deep into the foundational doctrines of conservative Christian theology.

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The Christian church has a long tradition of systematic theology, that is, studying theology and doctrine organized around fairly standard categories such as the Word of God, redemption, and Jesus Christ. The Systematic Theology Pack contains everything you need to gain an in-depth understanding of Christian theology, no matter if you are enrolled in a class or learning on your own.

The Systematic Theology Pack includes:

  • Systematic Theology, this bestselling theology textbook, used by students around the world, features a strong emphasis Scripture, clear writing, a contemporary approach, and frequent application to life
  • Systematic Theology Video Lectures, featuring a video lecture for each of the 57 chapters in the textbook, over eight and a half hours of video content
  • Systematic Theology Laminated Sheet, a quick reference guide to the central concepts in the textbook

The Systematic Theology Pack provides a complete introduction to biblical doctrine for students, independent learners, or anyone interested in learning Christian theology.

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A Comprehensive Work Now in One Volume

This work of a lifetime was widely praised when it was first published in four volumes. It is organized in eight key sections: an introduction to theology, the Bible, God, creation, sin, salvation, church, and last things. Geisler's writing is accessible to students, pastors, and laypeople interested in learning, as he deals with the concepts foundational to Christianity.

"For those who value careful thinking, tight logic, fair evaluation, and keen insights, this systematic theology is must-reading."--Ken Rhodes.
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Systematizing the robust theology that has undergirded John MacArthur’s well-known preaching ministry for decades, this comprehensive overview of basic doctrines taught in the Bible will give Christians a solid foundation for what they believe.

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Michael Horton’s highly anticipated The Christian Faith represents his magnum opus and will be viewed as one of―if not the―most important systematic theologies since Louis Berkhof wrote his in 1932. A prolific, award-winning author and theologian, Professor Horton views this volume as “doctrine that can be preached, experienced, and lived, as well as understood, clarified, and articulated.” It is written for a growing cast of pilgrims making their way together and will be especially welcomed by professors, pastors, students, and armchair theologians.Features of this volume include: (1) a brief synopsis of biblical passages that inform a particular doctrine; (2) surveys of past and current theologies with contemporary emphasis on exegetical, philosophical, practical, and theological questions; (3) substantial interaction with various Christian movements within the Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodoxy traditions, as well as the hermeneutical issues raised by postmodernity; and (4) charts, sidebars, questions for discussion, and an extensive bibliography, divided into different entry levels and topics.
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Leading evangelical scholar Millard Erickson offers a new edition of his bestselling textbook, now substantially updated and revised throughout. This edition takes into account feedback from professors and students and reflects current theological conversations, with added material on the atonement, justification, and divine foreknowledge. Erickson's comprehensive introduction is biblical, contemporary, moderate, and fair to various positions, and it applies doctrine to Christian life and ministry.
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Leading evangelical scholar Millard Erickson offers a new edition of his bestselling doctrine text (over 100,000 copies sold), now thoroughly revised throughout. This book is an abridged, less technical version of Erickson's classic Christian Theology. Pastors and students alike will find this survey of Christian theology and doctrine to be biblical, contemporary, moderate, and fair to various positions. It is a practical and accessible resource that applies doctrine to Christian life and ministry. This book is supplemented with helpful web materials for students and professors through Baker Academic's Textbook eSources.
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Everyone is a theologian of sorts. Theology simply means thinking about God and expressing those thoughts in some way. But sloppy theology is a problem.

As Christians, our thoughts about God need to coincide with what He has said about Himself in the Bible. With his clear understanding of the Scriptures and accessible writing style, Charles Ryrie has written Basic Theology for every student of God's Word, from the lay reader to the seminary student.

Within these pages, you'll find:

  • A systematic overview of the Bible's major doctrines, including God, the Bible, the Holy Spirit, Jesus Christ, the church, Satan, sin, salvation, man, angels, demons, events to come, and more
  • A glossary of theological terms
  • A list of key Scripture passages for the study of theology

Featuring charts, definitions, and Scripture and subject indices, Basic Theology will give you a clear and comprehensive picture of Ryrie's approach to systematic theology. Its 94 chapters are arranged in outline style for easy reference. Considerable emphasis is given to explaining the dispensational view of the end times.

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Only one hermeneutical text published prior to the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis can be held up reasonably to its measure of quality and the exhaustive nature of the research that produced this immense work. That singular collection worthy of comparison is its counterpart, the New International Dictionary of New Testament Theology, edited by Colin Brown. This 5 volume addition to that acclaimed work, though intimidating in the achievement it embodies, is intended for serious Old Testament and exegetical study by men and women of all walks of life -- both academics and pastors, students and laypersons. Volume one contains a Guide to Old Testament Theology and Exegesis in which ten essays have been compiled to thoroughly explain proper hermeneutics and interpretation, as well as guidelines for using this source material. Volumes one through four contain the Lexicon of the Old Testament, all words found in the text ordered by Hebrew alphabetization for easy reference, and coupled with a Goodrick / Kohlenberger cross-referencing number to be used in conjunction with Strong's numbering system. The relationship of each word in different contexts and languages is also explained, including alternative words, and the particulars of their semantic domain. All this information is, of course, complete with bibliography. Volume four also begins the Topical Dictionary. Therein can be found articles on the theology of each Old Testament book individually, as well as discussion of biblical concepts, people, places, events, and literary pieces, all information that is cross-referenced to the preceding Hebraic Lexicon. Finally, volume five contains a series of indexes: Hebrew Index, Scripture Index, Subject Index, and an index of Semantic Fields. Taken as a whole, the New International Dictionary of Old Testament Theology & Exegesis is an unparalleled accomplishment in the field of biblical hermeneutics.

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This three-volume set of Integrative Theology is designed to help students in a pluralistic world utilize a standard method of fruitful research.

Each chapter on a major doctrine: (1) states a classic issue of ultimate concern; (2) surveys alternative past and present answers; and (3) tests those proposals by their congruence with information on the subject progressively revealed from Genesis to Revelation. Then the chapter (4) formulates a doctrinal conclusion that consistently fits the many lines of biblical data; (5) defends that conviction respectfully; and finally (6) explores the conclusion's relevance to a person's spiritual birth, growth and service to others, all for the glory of God.

In short, Integrative Theology masterfully integrates the disciplines of historical, biblical, systematic, apologetic, and practical theology.

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Completely updated and expanded, this third edition from one of the world's leading theologians introduces students to key theological issues, contextualizing them within the bible and the works of seminal theologians. 

  • Introduces readers to key theological issues such as God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, faith, creation, salvation, atonement, religious history, and heaven
  • Thoroughly updated, with the addition of a new chapter on the Holy Spirit
  • Now includes images and more pedagogical features to engage the reader
  • Each chapter offers an overview of an important theme, presents relevant biblical passages, and summarizes the contribution of a major theologian
  • Expands the range of theological positions discussed within the book, especially those of contemporary and feminist theologians
  • Maintains the user-friendly structure of the previous edition, with the Apostle's Creed as a framework
  • Concludes with suggestions on how readers can take their study further
  • Can be used alongside the new edition of Theology: The Basic Readings for a complete overview of the field
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Preaching

It’s one thing to have the resources for building a sermon. It’s another to put it all together into something that conveys the message God has for His people. These books guide you through building effective sermons and help you develop a process that will serve you for your entire ministry.

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Pastor, preacher, and New York Times bestselling author of The Prodigal Prophet Timothy Keller shares his wisdom on communicating the Christian faith from the pulpit as well as from the coffee shop.

Most Christians—including pastors—struggle to talk about their faith in a way that applies the power of the Christian gospel to change people’s lives. Timothy Keller is known for his insightful, down-to-earth sermons and talks that help people understand themselves, encounter Jesus, and apply the Bible to their lives. In this accessible guide for pastors and laypeople alike, Keller helps readers learn to present the Christian message of grace in a more engaging, passionate, and compassionate way.
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For over 30 years, Dr. Martyn Lloyd-Jones ministered at Westminster Chapel in London. Today, he is widely considered one of the greatest preachers of the 20th century. Based on a series of lectures originally given by Lloyd-Jones to the students of Westminster Theological Seminary in the spring of 1969, this collection of essays on the essence of powerful preaching has become a modern classic. Lloyd-Jones defends the primacy of preaching, showing that there is no substitute, and he challenges preachers to take their calling seriously: "The most urgent need in the Christian Church today is true preaching." He also provides practical direction on the task of preparing a sermon, sharing insights on the shape and form of a message as well as covering such topics as the use of humor, giving invitations in a message and the preacher’s relationship to the congregation. If you can own only one book on preaching, make this the one you read.This 40th anniversary edition includes the original text of Preaching and Preachers along with essays by Bryan Chapell, Mark Dever, Kevin DeYoung, Ligon Duncan, Timothy Keller and John Piper reflecting on the impact this book and the ministry of Lloyd-Jones had on their preaching. This is a book that will continue to speak to a new generation of preachers and teachers for years to come.
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A standard textbook on the art and craft of preaching. Craddock weaves history, theology, and hermeneutics into an exhaustive text on sermon preparation and preaching.

Painstakingly prepared for seminary students and clergy, this book answers the fundamental question: How does one prepare and deliver a sermon? Craddock's approach is practical, but also allows for concentrated study of any particular dimension of the process.

"Filled with practical wisdom. . . . A liberating book."--Richard Lischer, Duke University.

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This bestselling text by Haddon Robinson, considered by many to be the "teacher of preachers," has sold over 300,000 copies and is a contemporary classic in the field. It offers students, pastors, and Bible teachers expert guidance in the development and delivery of expository sermons. This new edition has been updated throughout and includes helpful exercises.

Praise for the Second Edition

Named "One of the 25 Most Influential Preaching Books of the Past 25 Years" by Preaching

"[An] outstanding introduction to the task of preparing and presenting biblical sermons. More than any other book of the past quarter century, Biblical Preaching has profoundly influenced a generation of evangelical preachers."--Preaching
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In this complete guide to expository preaching, Bryan Chapell teaches the basics of preparation, organization, and delivery--the trademarks of great preaching. This new edition of a bestselling resource, now updated and revised throughout, shows how Chapell's case for expository preaching reaches twenty-first-century readers.
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John MacArthur and other distinguished teachers of preachers respond to the apostle's mandate in this comprehensive treatment of expository preaching. Dr. MacArthur's well-known passion for the Scriptures is combined with the vision and expertise of other faculty members at The Master's Seminary to produce a definitive statement on how to unfold the meaning of God's Word effectively to today's congregation. Other contributors include: James F. Stitzinger, James E. Rosscup, Robert L. Thomas, George J. Zemek, Donald G. McDougall, Richard L. Mayhue, Irvin A. Busenitz, and David C. Deuel.
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Expository preaching is crucial for the health and vitality of the church. Offering step-by-step guidance for preachers, Helm outlines what must be believed and accomplished to become a faithful expositor of God's Word.

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“I would not be who I am and I would not be doing what I do if it were not for God’s grace toward me through the reading and applying of this book.” —David Platt. 

It’s still used in Bible schools and seminaries today, and it shows no signs of slowing down: Power in the Pulpit is an ideal introduction to preaching.

Dr. Jerry Vines and Dr. Jim Shaddix have achieved a balanced approach to sermon preparation in Power in the Pulpit. This primer combines the perspective of a pastor of forty years with that of someone who devotes daily time to training pastors in the context of theological education. It offers practical preaching instruction from a tradition that sees biblical exposition as a paramount and frequent event in the life of the local church.

Power in the Pulpit is the combined work of Dr. Vines's two earlier publications on preaching: A Practical Guide to Sermon Preparation (Moody Publishers, 1985) and A Guide to Effective Sermon Delivery (Moody Publishers, 1986). Dr. Shaddix carefully organized and supplemented the material to offer this useful resource that closes the gap between classroom theory and what a pastor actually experiences in his weekly sermon preparation.

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This is a classic that has stood the test of time. For forty-five years, seminary students and pastors have benefited from the principles found in this book. Two of Koller's popular texts, Expository Preaching without Notes and Sermons Preached without Notes, are combined in a single volume that allows preachers to prepare and deliver sermons without being tied to a manuscript or even outlines or notes. Among the eighteen topics discussed are the biblical conception of preaching, the advantages of preaching without notes, homiletical devices, the importance of structure, and the systematic filing of materials. Now repackaged for the next generation of preachers, with a foreword by current Northern Seminary preaching professor Michael J. Quicke, How to Preach without Notes is poised to continue its history of strong and steady sales.
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